JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind — Tri-Starr Management Services announced it was closing operations at its Jeffersonville facility.
In a warn notice on Jan. 6, Tri-Starr said it will lay employees off at its facility at 1251 Port Rd starting March 8. Over 250 employees will be affected, including 135 operators and 57 packers.
Tri-Starr said some of the employees are represented by AFL-CIO labor union.
It's unclear why Tri-Starr management is closing the facility.
Jammie Willen, Local 84807 Union President who represents the workers at the Legacy facility, issued this statements on the lay-offs:
"We are extremely shocked by the notice from Haier and Dart that they intend to lay off over 200 workers from our facility. Employees are being tossed aside after decades of employment service, being forced to re-apply for their job through a temp agency with no guarantee of hiring or wages at their current levels. These are people with families, who are members of our community and are committed to their jobs. The loss of their income and health care coverage will be devastating. Unfortunately, Haier and Dart are prioritizing corporate profits over working families. People’s lives are at stake. This is not a business decision—this is about corporate greed. The business is profitable and they are planning to continue to run it. We're calling on Haier and Dart to honor the employment contract and retain their dedicated workforce."
This is an ongoing story. WHAS11 will update with more information.